Dave Murray grew up in Abbotsford, BC. He was named to the national alpine ski team in 1971 and along with fellow teammates Dave Irwin, Ken Read, and Steve Podborski, became known as one of the “Crazy Canucks” who thrilled the World Cup Tour for more than a decade with their perilous style of skiing.

Murray’s first major international result was a seventh-place finish in the downhill at the 1974 FIS world skiing championships in Schladming, Austria.

Two years later he placed eighteenth in the downhill at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

1978 was a break-out season for Murray. He captured first place in the 1978 Europa Cup downhill in Italy and finished second in the World Cup downhill in Chamonix, France. He was named “Overall Canadian Champion” for the year.

At the 1979 World Cup downhill in Schladming, Austria, Murray placed second. He also came second in the 1979 Shell Cup Canadian downhill championships. He finished ranked third in the world for downhill in 1979 by the International Ski Federation.

At the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, he placed tenth in the Downhill.

In 1982, he retired from the Canadian national team to settle in Whistler, BC and develop training programs for skiers of all ages. He later became director of skiing for the Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation and director of “Dave Murray’s Whistler Summer Camp”.